With Guard Dogs German Shepards are the gold standard when it comes to providing trained security. The various Border Collies are also great. Just about any dog is trainable with the right approach, some are just better suited. Our English Mastiff was tough to train and shit for a "watch dog" but... as a "guard dog"? Lets just say everyone was on best behavior around the missus when she had the dog around, which was all the time because it hurt his feelings to be more than 10 feet away from her at any time.MPMalloy wrote: ↑Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:15 amWhat sort of breeds & costs would someone be looking at for guard dogs?Stercutus wrote: ↑Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:43 amIf you want to shift gears from stopping the casual burglar (locked ingress routes, dog, alarm system) to stopping the ravening hordes of undead you are going to have to either invest some serious money in upgrades or employ guards or both. Right now the labor market does not make guards cost effective.
Several dogs however might make a bit of difference. I do know a guy who is fairly well off as a lawyer and he picks up dogs at the shelter and trains them himself as guard dogs. Dogs will be killed by home invaders but they do give you time to prepare. Large dogs are also notoriously hard to kill.
Just to be clear; a watch dog is a working dog trained to watch your property whether you are there or not. They don't get in the house much, if ever, unless it is part of their job. A guard dog OTOH, is for personal protection.